Since the industrial revolution, growing economies around the world have turned to fossil fuels for a relatively cheap power source. This dependence on non-renewable resources has only increased in the past few decades, but so have the environmental arguments against them. One of the biggest arguments against burning fossil fuels is the harmful emissions that come as a side effect. But while many lump all fossil fuels together as being “dirty” energy sources, one stands out from the rest: natural gas [for more energy news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Commonly referred to as the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett is one of the world’s most famous investors, heralded for his simple yet effective valuation methods. So when the legendary investor makes a big bet, most are willing to follow in hopes of cashing in on Buffett’s guru-like instincts. Buffett’s latest bet was placed on a Houston-based oil and gas equipment and services company: National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV) [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Investors ran for cover last week after the bulls’ confidence was rattled by the Fed, which hinted at scaling back on their bond-repurchases earlier than many were anticipating. Profit-taking pressures hit equity markets overseas and at home as fading stimulus hopes prompted a sell-off ahead of the prolonged holiday weekend for Wall Street; nonetheless, investors appear to be back on the scene in a bargain buying mood as major U.S. indexes have managed to snap back and appear to be well on their way to resuming the uptrend at hand [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Gold prices and producers of the yellow metal remain severely depressed as momentum has failed to return to the precious metals market following the steep sell-off seen earlier in April. Contrarian investors should add Randgold Resources (GOLD) to their watchlist because this mining behemoth is resting on major historical support, … See the full story here
Backwardation is the process where near-month futures are more expensive than those expiring later in time, which creates a downward sloping curve for prices over time. It is a natural occurrence in the commodity world, but it’s still a phenomenon that traders need to be aware of. Often, a falling futures curve could mean that the market expects the commodity to take a drop in value or that it is currently overpriced [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
One of the most talked-about global trends in recent years has been the rapid growth in population. As emerging markets around the world enter periods of robust growth, their populations have also been on the rise. Though a growing worldwide population will certainly cause a number of issues, it will also present commodity investors with a fair amount of opportunities, as some hard assets represent a great way to profit from the current trend [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
Solar energy has been an investing nightmare since the financial crisis. Due to the failure of Solyndra, and the lack of subsidies as the government instead focuses on the failing economy, the solar industry has been burned. In 2011, solar was down over 60% and down another 30% in 2012, but this year First Solar may have finally turned things around for this dying industry [for more alternative energy news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The party continues on Wall Street; investors remain bullish on stocks judging by the sheer price action as both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to close out last week well above their all-time highs. The economic data front is sending hints of a potential downturn as manufacturing indicators remain weak; nonetheless, this has failed to put a noticeable dent in the bulls’ armor of confidence as markets shrugged off last week’s worse-than-expected industrial production data [for more market news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. Not every stock is surging to record highs; in fact, one particular large-cap miner offers a risky, but compelling, opportunity for investors still looking to get a piece of the action on Wall Street. Contrarian investors should add Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF) to their watchlist because this former S&P 500 sweetheart is resting on major historical support, thereby offering a great entry point for those … See the full story here
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, has become one of the fastest-growing methods for tapping into abundant shale reserves held within the U.S. The process works by pumping fracturing fluids-like slickwater, gel or foam–into a wellbore at a sufficient enough rate to fracture the rocks below. When these fractures occur, the operator injects proppants into the well to prevent the fractures from closing when the fluid pressure is reduced. And finally, oil and gas leak from the fractures into the well for extraction. But the revolutionary process is not without its drawbacks, as many criticize the side effects caused from fracking. Below, we outline the case against fracking and why a number of people have rallied against this rapidly-developing energy extraction method [for more fracking news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
When investors think of commodities, barrels of oil or bars of gold typically come to mind, but there are plenty of other investable assets that many overlook. One of the most basic needs for the sustainability of human life is water, and it is quickly becoming a commodity that is presenting as a long-term buy. Not only does water hold advantages over a number of other commodities, but the industry will only become more demanded and valuable as the world population continues to soar [for more water news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].